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This Week on Xbox: November 16, 2018

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Sunset Overdrive Comes to Windows 10 PC and Steam Today Today fans of Insomniac Games and PC gaming have reason to celebrate as we announce the release of Sunset Overdrive on Windows 10 and Steam. Sunset Overdrive, the critically-acclaimed Xbox One... Read more: This Week on Xbox: November 16, 2018

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Big Announcements from Hi-Rez Expo and a Free Smite Bundle to Celebrate

The biggest weekend of the year is here for Hi-Rez Studios! We just kicked off our annual Hi-Rez Expo, live from DreamHack Atlanta, featuring the world championships for both our mythological MOBA Smite and our fantasy hero shooter Paladins. I’m thrilled to tell you about our biggest announcements, but first: You can get the new Smite Arena Bundle free on the Microsoft Store for a limited time! With this bundle’s seven gods you’ll be able to turn your foes to stone as Medusa, summon the might of a volcanic eruption as Pele, or resurrect fallen teammates as Khepri, the Dawn Bringer. The bundle also includes eight great skins, all free! You may be asking, “Why call it the... Read more: Big Announcements from Hi-Rez Expo and a Free Smite Bundle to Celebrate

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Personalize an Xbox Design Lab Controller on Your Xbox One Starting Today

The holidays are almost here, and Xbox Design Lab is the perfect gift for yourself or the gamer in your life.  Xbox Design Lab is a customization program that offers over a billion ways to customize your very own Xbox Wireless Controller.  Starting today, you can access the design experience right from your Xbox One dashboard or the Microsoft Store app on your PC. When using either device, we’ve streamlined the design experience so there are fewer clicks between you and your personalized controller. To add to the convenience, the checkout process will auto-populate any information you’ve stored in your Microsoft Account. With Xbox Design Lab, you can customize the controller body,... Read more: Personalize an Xbox Design Lab Controller on Your Xbox One Starting Today

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State of Decay 2 New Free Zedhunter Update Available Now

Today, to celebrate and thank the 4 million strong State of Decay 2 community, we’re releasing the Zedhunter Update to Xbox Game Pass subscribers and current players for free. Players will get this pack, which adds a wealth of new options and ways to enjoy the game, as part of a content update beginning today – it’s our way of saying thanks to the 4 million of you who have supported our game since launch. At X018 last weekend, we provided some initial details for the Zedhunter Update and how it brings new weapons and gameplay items to your community, but now we’re ready to give you a deeper dive into the Zedhunter Update’s additions. The Zedhunter Update integrates into your... Read more: State of Decay 2 New Free Zedhunter Update Available Now

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Sunset Overdrive Comes to Windows 10 PC and Steam Today

Today fans of Insomniac Games and PC gaming have reason to celebrate as we announce the release of Sunset Overdrive on Windows 10 and Steam. Sunset Overdrive, the critically-acclaimed Xbox One game that originally launched in 2014, is available today on the Windows Store, Steam, and at participating retailers. OverCharge Delirium XT, the delicious yet mutating energy drink, transforms the Sunset City population into lovable mutants. Actually, less lovable and more thirsty for your demise. This open-world apocalypse is your tactical playground as you zip, grind, and wall-run across Sunset City with an unconventional and over-the-top arsenal. Hyper-agility, unique weapons and customizable... Read more: Sunset Overdrive Comes to Windows 10 PC and Steam Today

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Festive Fun Returns to Madden Ultimate Team with Harvest: Turkey Bowl

It’s time to dive back into Madden Ultimate Team with a festive push delivered by Harvest: Turkey Bowl. From November 16 to November 30, Harvest is back with more content to boost your Ultimate Team roster, ways to earn new players, and dominate the gridiron competition. For those new to Ultimate Team, it’s the destination in Madden NFL 19 to assemble the best NFL squad imaginable. Featuring current NFL Pro Bowlers to legendary Hall-of-Famers, Ultimate Team provides a unique marriage between NFL knowledge and fandom. Want to see what it would be like to witness Steve Young play on the same team as Randy Moss? You can do that here. Just like any other sports game, it all... Read more: Festive Fun Returns to Madden Ultimate Team with Harvest: Turkey Bowl

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for November 20 to 23

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for November 20 to 23

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Six Steps to Mastering Eternal Without Ever Spending a Dime

When we set out to make Eternal, we were guided by a couple of core ideas. The first was that strategy card games can be both deep and engaging, as well as smooth and polished. We love card games, and we wanted a fast-paced game that provided a huge amount of replayability and an awesome community. The second was that card games can be both collectible and honestly free-to-play. As an independent studio in a genre full of much larger competitors, we’ve worked hard to make Eternal the most generous SCG on the market, so players can play however they want (including competing at the highest levels) without ever having to spend a dime. Everyone here at Dire Wolf Digital plays... Read more: Six Steps to Mastering Eternal Without Ever Spending a Dime

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Play the Overwatch Free Trial with Xbox Live Gold Starting November 20

It’s time to assemble your team and join the exciting world of Blizzard’s acclaimed team-based shooter Overwatch! We’re calling on prospective agents from across the Xbox community to dive in during our longest Overwatch free trial yet on Xbox One. From Tuesday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. PST to Monday, November 26 at 11:59 p.m. PST, Xbox Live Gold members in participating regions can join their friends in the vibrant action shooter. Harness amazing abilities that defy the bounds of space, gravity, and time. Use a diverse arsenal of abilities to achieve victory by rewinding time, transforming into rapid-firing turrets, or wielding billboard-sized energy shields. Play across a... Read more: Play the Overwatch Free Trial with Xbox Live Gold Starting November 20

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Tune-In to the Halo Championship Series 2018 Finals at DreamHack Atlanta

A little over three years ago, Halo 5: Guardians launched worldwide. Over that time, the game has evolved in surprising ways, and provided competitive Halo fans with an incredible wealth of storylines, whether controversial or comical, incredible or unforgettable. It was never going to be easy to live up to the legendary lineage of competition established throughout the Halo franchise, but Halo 5: Guardians brought an excitement and level of team competition we hadn't seen in many years. With that in mind, it’s only fitting that we celebrate the end of an era with a showcase of two of Halo’s most successful sporting chapters, as the Halo Championship Series Finals 2018 at DreamHack... Read more: Tune-In to the Halo Championship Series 2018 Finals at DreamHack Atlanta

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The Sims 4 Seasons Launches on Xbox One Just in Time for the Holidays

The holidays are almost here, and with them is The Sims 4 Seasons for Xbox One! Let’s dive into all the family fun your Sims will have, as well as a unique holiday we threw in for some *ahem* alternative fun. First off, it’s important to note that this expansion pack has a brand-new calendar, which includes all upcoming holidays! Each one contains traditions to complete that help your Sim have an awesome time celebrating. When chilly weather rolls around, so do holidays! Harvestfest is in the Fall, and Sims gather around the table for the grand meal. Sims can decorate their home for this special day with wreaths, flowers, and a pumpkin trio while the turkey’s cooking in the... Read more: The Sims 4 Seasons Launches on Xbox One Just in Time for the Holidays

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Plan for the Destruction of All Things That Aren’t Awesome in MechaNika on Xbox One

Nika Allen is a smart seven-year-old girl that has always been overlooked by her family at home, teachers, and kids at school. In addition to despising all these people, she also hates tacky clothes, fruits and vegetables, programmed obsolescence, stripped screws, history books, and repetitive video games among many other things in the world. Her only haven is her room where she spends her time working on some personal projects about electronics, robotics, and mechanics while drinking a delicious self-made concoction of cognac and cocoa. She is one of a kind, isn't she? You may have a list of things you hate in this world, but what have you done so they don't annoy you anymore? Maybe... Read more: Plan for the Destruction of All Things That Aren’t Awesome in MechaNika on Xbox One

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November 2018 Xbox Update Rolling Out Today

Following an info-rich X018 event with a ton of announcements, we’re releasing some new Xbox One features that start rolling out today. The November 2018 Xbox Update adds new ways to play some of your favorite games with mouse and keyboard support, more console interaction with Xbox Skill updates, listen to your favorite songs with the new Amazon Music app, and the ability to find your games faster than ever via improved Search. Here’s a rundown of what’s new: Mouse and Keyboard Support for Xbox One As revealed by Phil Spencer on the September episode of Inside Xbox, the November update brings mouse and keyboard support to Xbox One! With support for mouse and keyboard,... Read more: November 2018 Xbox Update Rolling Out Today

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Return the Wasteland Today – Fallout 76 Available Now on Xbox one

The online prequel to the epic Fallout series, Fallout 76 throws you into a multiplayer-filled wasteland where you all must work together (or not) to survive the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, all the while experiencing the largest, most dynamic open world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Brought to you by the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, Fallout 76 is now available on Xbox One. A Player-Filled Wasteland Forge your own path in a wild wasteland with tons of new and unique locations to discover. With a refined S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system that lets you craft your own personality in this new world, you will have the option to journey alone or with... Read more: Return the Wasteland Today – Fallout 76 Available Now on Xbox one

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Saving Planet Earth in Ark: Extinction, Available Now on Xbox One

Everyone here at Studio Wildcard is thrilled to finally be sharing our third titanic expansion pack Ark: Extinction with our dedicated Xbox One players today. This has been a long time coming! Players will return to where our story began and now concludes, on Earth. However, our home is not the place we once knew it to be. The planet has been ravaged by Element, corrupting the fauna and flora alike. Now host to peculiar creatures both organic and technological, as well as gigantic roaming Titans, our harrowing survivors must find a way to defeat these beasts and save Earth’s future from total annihilation. With every expansion pack we’ve set out to bring our players an... Read more: Saving Planet Earth in Ark: Extinction, Available Now on Xbox One

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Play NBA 2K19 Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Get into the game and explore the most authentic NBA basketball experience with NBA 2K19, free this weekend only for Xbox Live Gold members! Starting Thursday, November 15 at 12:00 a.m. PST and running until Sunday, November 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST, Xbox Live Gold members in Xbox One markets will have the opportunity to play NBA 2K19 at no cost. During this period, members will also have the chance to extend the fun and maintain their progress by purchasing the game at a 50% discount. The NBA 2K franchise gets better every year and NBA 2K19 has raised the bar again. Unlock special moves with the new Takeover feature, create your very own MyPLAYER card in MyTEAM, or run the neighborhood... Read more: Play NBA 2K19 Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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Hitman 2 Now Available on Xbox One

Agent 47 is back in Hitman 2, and we’re getting ready to celebrate! Hitman 2 is now available around the world for everyone to play. We’re very happy and excited to release the next adventure for Agent 47, and we’re especially proud to build on the success of our previous game, while also incorporating brand-new, franchise-first features and game modes! In Hitman 2, we’re taking you around the world to Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand), Miami (Florida/U.S.), Santa Fortuna (Colombia), Mumbai (India), Whittleton Creek (Vermont/U.S.) and the mysterious Isle of Sgàil (North Atlantic). Each new location is hyper-detailed and packed to the brim with opportunities to discover, characters... Read more: Hitman 2 Now Available on Xbox One